Trek Bicycle Corporation, a major bicycle and cycling product manufacturer and distributor based out of Waterloo, Wisconsin, has recently recalled just under one million bikes after a rider was paralyzed and two others were seriously injured.
The recall is because the front release lever opens past 180 degrees. If the quick release is improperly adjusted or left open, the lever can become caught in the front disc brake assembly. This could cause the front wheel to separate from the body of the bicycle or come to a sudden stop. The rider may then lose control of the bicycle.
The recall affects about 900,000 bicycles in the United States and 98,000 in Canada that sold between $480 and $1,650.
All models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000-2015 that have front disc brakes and a black or silver release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the brakes have been recalled. (Bicycles with front quick release levers that don’t open a full 180 degrees are not included in this recall.)
What To Do Next
If you own a bicycle that is affected by this recall and would like a free replacement quick release go to your nearest Trek retailer. They will give you a free replacement quick release and include free installation. They’ll also give you a $20 coupon towards any Bontrager merchandise; redeemable by December 31, 2015 (the coupon has no cash value).
Have you or a loved one been injured due to this product defect? Call Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP at 1800LAW1010 (1.800.529.1010)!